We called the experts in Hong Kong to learn about the harsh labor conditions and brutal management culture. The images of suicides, protests, stolen wages, and prison labor are, according to our expert in China, fairly typical.
Workers at several Pepsi factories across China went on strike 5 March 2014 in a protest against management’s plans for large-scale layoffs, pay cuts, and reduced benefits. Workers displayed banners around the factories stating “No to illegal layoffs! We demand jobs! We need to live! We have a family to feed!”
After yet more violent assaults on doctors and nurses in China, the issue of hospital workers’ safety is once again in the headlines. However, no one seems to be asking what the trade union at China’s hospitals is doing to protect its members.
The industrial city of Dongguan in Guangdong Province, China, is so littered with factories that when 1,000 workers at a Taiwanese-owned Croc manufacturing company gathered outside to protest cuts to their bonuses in the spring of 2012, no one took notice.
A worker activist at the Hitachi Metals factory in Guangzhou who lobbied for the establishment of a trade union at the enterprise has been sacked, just a few days after the company started to recruit union members.Photo by dcmaster @flickr.com
The Supreme Court of Japan has ordered a retrial to determine the compensation to be paid to the family of Luo Cheng, a Chinese “trainee” worker who was killed by a Japanese policeman more than seven years ago.
The northern province of Shaanxi plans to set up a special fund that will provide workers suffering from the deadly lung disease, pneumoconiosis, with much needed medical and economic aid, the Workers’ Daily reported on 27 December.